Ch 6: Spanish Tenses

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The Spanish Tenses chapter of this Basic Spanish: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master the different tenses used in Spanish. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that only take about five minutes, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the ins and outs of Spanish tenses.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a tenses and/or grammar unit of a standard basic Spanish course. Topics covered include:

  • The conditional subjunctive and conditional perfect in Spanish
  • Ser in the conditional tense
  • Differentiating between subjunctive and indicative
  • Future conditional and future perfect
  • The immediate future tense
  • Irregular conditional and irregular present tenses
  • Distinguishing between preterite and imperfect tense
  • Compound tenses and the past progressive
  • The present indicative and present progressive tenses

15 Lessons in Chapter 6: Spanish Tenses
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Conditional Subjunctive in Spanish

1. Conditional Subjunctive in Spanish

To talk about these dreamy, less than likely situations in Spanish, we use two tenses: the conditional and subjunctive. Learn the corresponding formulas and conjugations in this lesson.

Ser in the Conditional

2. Ser in the Conditional

'Ser' - to be - is used in the conditional tense to describe something that 'could be' or 'would be'. This lesson will explore its different uses as well as its conjugation.

Subjunctive versus Indicative in Spanish

3. Subjunctive versus Indicative in Spanish

This lesson will help you to understand the difference between two important moods in Spanish: the subjunctive mood and the indicative mood. All verbs can be conjugated in both moods.

Conditional Perfect in Spanish

4. Conditional Perfect in Spanish

The conditional perfect is used to tell what would have happened under certain circumstances. It uses the conditional tense of 'haber' combined with a past participle. What would have happened if you knew this sooner? Come find out as we look at how to form this tense!

Future Conditional in Spanish

5. Future Conditional in Spanish

The conditional tense in Spanish is used to express a probability or a possibility that might happen in the future. We are also going to learn how to conjugate it and how to apply it in example sentences.

Future Perfect in Spanish

6. Future Perfect in Spanish

To express what will have happened by a certain time, use the future perfect tense in Spanish. This tense includes a compound verb construction and usually requires the speaker to express a time constraint. This lesson will look over the conjugations and some useful phrases commonly used with this tense.

Immediate Future Tense in Spanish

7. Immediate Future Tense in Spanish

This lesson teaches you how to express immediate actions you plan or intend to do. Along with a very easy formula to remember the immediate future tense, you have some questions to practice.

Irregular Conditional in Spanish

8. Irregular Conditional in Spanish

The conditional is used to tell what would or could happen. There are a few irregular verbs in this tense that have a stem-change when conjugated. This lesson will look over those verbs and their stems.

Irregular Present Tense Verbs in Spanish

9. Irregular Present Tense Verbs in Spanish

When expressing yourself in the present tense in Spanish, you're bound to need to communicate using an irregular verb or two. This lesson will provide an overview of different types of irregular present tense verbs, from stem changers to complete irregulars.

Present Progressive in Spanish: Practice with Irregulars

10. Present Progressive in Spanish: Practice with Irregulars

The present progressive is one of the easier tenses in Spanish to form. There are a few irregulars, though. This lesson will help you recognize when to use the irregular forms.

Preterite Versus Imperfect in Spanish: Differences & Rules

11. Preterite Versus Imperfect in Spanish: Differences & Rules

This lesson refers to the specific differences between the preterite and the imperfect tenses. Along with those differences, you will find specific rules that determine the use of each tense.

Spanish Compound Tenses

12. Spanish Compound Tenses

When you say 'I eat', you have a simple tense. However, if you say 'I have eaten' you have a compound tense. In Spanish, there are a few compound tenses and this lesson covers the basic ones.

Spanish Past Progressive

13. Spanish Past Progressive

You want to start speaking Spanish in full sentences but you don't know how to talk about what you were doing at some point in the past. This lesson provides you with a basic formula the past progressive tense follows in Spanish along with practical examples that illustrate the grammatical formula.

Tenses in Spanish

14. Tenses in Spanish

When listening to news or telling a story, we can tell when the action happens by listening to the tense of the verb. In this lesson, you'll learn what the verb tenses are in Spanish and when to use each one.

The Present Indicative in Spanish

15. The Present Indicative in Spanish

In order to talk about events and actions occurring right now, we use a tense called the present indicative in Spanish. This lesson will introduce you to the simple patterns used to form the present indicative in Spanish.

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